How the Loss of a Young Child Led to Father’s Baptism

By David Jolly – June 11, 2019

The thought of losing a child, especially a young child, is frightening to many parents. It’s our role to raise, protect them and to guide them into adulthood and families of their own. We parents are supposed to die before our children do, but in a sin cursed world, tragedy strikes far too many families with the loss of a child.

If you listen to the news, you will hear about a number of teenaged children who are shot, killed in an auto accident, dead from a drug overdose or by other means. We see the grieving parents on the news and yes, we can ache with their grief.

But what really touches our hearts is hearing of the loss of a young child, who hasn’t had the opportunity to live very long or even attain their teen years.

Sadly, the death of a young child far too often causes such grief and guilt to the parents that they withdraw from each other and end up divorcing and bringing further tragedy and grief to the family. I can’t tell you how many families I have seen go through this.

A former co-worker of mine lost an infant twin. Authorities claimed he was responsible for the infant’s death and banned him from his own home. Eventually, the same authorities determined that the 11-month-old boy had died of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and that the father was not responsible. However, by the time he was cleared of the infant’s death, his wife divorced him and was able to get full custody of the remaining twin and their other child. He had no visitation rights at all. He was so devastated that he ended up taking his own life.

A year ago, a young couple in our church lost a young child. The pain of the loss was overwhelming to the family and the hurt ran deep. Instead of the loss causing such guilt and isolation, it helped lead the father to accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.

For a year prior to the child’s death, the father admits that he was learning what it meant to be a Christian and what the impact of sin in his life really was. When his son died, instead of raising a fist against God, he took to his knees.

This past week, he was baptized and during his baptism, he shared that losing his son and the pain that was involved with that loss made him understand and grasp the sacrifice that God made when His Son died on the cross. It made that sacrifice so real and impactful to this young father in a way that many of us don’t comprehend.

I’m sure we’ve all lost someone we love and that we’ve all grieved at the loss, but have you ever compared your sorrow and grief to that of God when He sacrificed His Son Jesus Christ? We often hear that God loves us, but this young father who lost his son, has a better grip on how much God loves us because of his own personal loss.

Whenever you hear of God’s love, look at your own kids and think of how precious they are to you and then try to imagine God’s love for his own Son and then realize that He still made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Could you make that kind of sacrifice for sinners? God did!

 

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See The Good First

April 25, 2019 BY ELRENA EVANS

When a broken elbow necessitated a trip to the emergency room for my 7-year-old last summer, I called a friend from church to see if she could stay with my four other children. She said she could. When I arrived home late that night with my newly casted daughter, my friend gave me an update on the day:

Being good dinner conversationalists isn’t something I usually hear about my children.

“I had such a lovely time with your children,” she said. “Truly lovely. We had a wonderful conversation over dinner.”

This surprised me. Some of my children have special needs, and all of my children are pretty quirky. Being good dinner conversationalists isn’t something I usually hear about them.

“That’s amazing,” I said. “Usually dinnertime in our house is a melee of children running around half-dressed and climbing on the table.”

My friend thought for a minute. “Well, I suppose that happened, too,” she said. “But we talked about so many interesting things while they were eating and climbing around! I really had fun.”

I needed to hear what my friend had to say that day. Too much time spent in the company of those who would focus on the ruckus instead of the joy had perhaps started to dull my own appreciation for the wild and wonderful rumpus that is my family.

Yes, my children were climbing around during dinnertime. But they also had interesting things to say. My friend chose to see the latter as more important. By seeing the good first, she reinforced for me—and my children!—that the beauty of life in a family isn’t always found through order and good table manners.

My friend came when she was needed, saw my children in all their unvarnished, messy glory, and still took delight in their company. And she helped me rediscover that delight, too.

https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/faith-works/see-the-good-first

Choose Life!

May 9, 2019 by Dr Michael Brown

More than three-thousand years ago, Moses urged the children of Israel to “choose life.” He said to them:

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life—if you and your offspring would live” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NJPS).

But why would anyone choose death? Why would anyone choose to be cursed rather than blessed?

The answer is that God’s ways lead to life and blessing, but many people would rather die than follow Him.

They view God’s ways as restrictive. Oppressive. Antiquated. Harmful.

In reality, God’s ways lead to human thriving. To liberty. To freedom. To fullness.

As Jesus said:

“I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

To be sure, God’s ways require discipline. And obedience. And denial of the flesh.

But fleshly habits bring bondage. Discipline sets us free.

Indulging our earthly desires brings dullness and addiction. Obedience lifts us into a higher realm, far above our animal appetites.

God is a God of life, and in Him is life beyond description. That’s why Jesus could say:

“I am the resurrection and the life. . . . I am the bread of life. . . . . Whoever follows Me . . . will have the light of life” (John 11:24; 6:35; 8:12). And that’s why John called Him “the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

Tragically, in recent decades, America has increasingly chosen a path of death, from abortion to violent video games, and from euthanasia to TV shows glorifying vampires and zombies. How can we turn the tide?

Here are some practical suggestions.

First, go about your normal daily activities, watching and reading and listening to what you normally watch and read and listen to, but this time take note of how much death is involved. How many images of the dead and dying? How many corpses? How much graphic violence? How much death are you seeing (by choice, not by necessity) over the course of a week?

Second, if you realize that you’re being influenced by a culture of death, then take a thirty-day break from all forms of death-related media entertainment, be it video games or favorite TV shows or gratuitously violent novels.

Third, immerse yourself in words of life. I would encourage you to read several chapters from Proverbs and the Gospel of John each day, noticing the constant emphasis on life. As the voice of wisdom says in Proverbs 8:

“For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death” (Prov. 8:35-36).

Fourth, when you spend time in prayer, ask God to flood your heart with His life and to give you the perspective of life, to see the world as He would have you see it.

Fifth, after thirty days, ask the Lord how He would have you to live. You might be surprised to see how your perspectives have changed. In the words of Paul:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things (Phil. 4:8, NIV).

If you’d like to take this even further, then consider three more steps.

First, get involved in the pro-life movement and work against abortion on demand in our nation. If Mother Teresa and others are right, this strikes at a major root of our culture of death, and by joining together as pro-life Christians, we can see the nation impacted.

Second, we can affirm the dignity of every human life by reaching out to the elderly, who are some of the most forgotten and neglected people in our society.

Third, get involved with another group that society discards, the poor and the hurting. Many churches have ministries to the poor and the needy, and every city has feeding programs and the like, and for the most part, they are greatly understaffed.

We celebrate life when we bring meaning and hope into the lives of the hurting, and we reaffirm that they too are created in the image of God, therefore of inestimable value and worth. It is something near and dear to the Lord’s heart.

The good news is that, across our nation, Americans are choosing life. In fact, already in March, a New York Times headline declared:

“Georgia Is Latest State to Pass Fetal Heartbeat Bill as Part of Growing Trend.”

The article noted that:

“The governors in Mississippi and Kentucky signed fetal heartbeat measures into law in recent weeks, and other states — including Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas — are expected to approve similar measures this year.”

May our nation choose life, that we and our offspring might live!

(Some of the material in this article was excerpted and adapted from my book Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation.)

 

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Is It Written?

 

Dear friends,

Today, I want to invite you to do some research in your own bible.

Someone said to me today that they had been a Christian for almost all their life and then they discovered that there is some sort of a higher source, but it is not the GOD of the bible and Christianity doesn’t have the truth. They went on  – and I didn’t interrupt them, which was not because I didn’t want to fight for my beloved SAVIOR or because I denied HIM or anything, it was only because I saw the obsession in their eyes and knew they wouldn’t listen to me, at least not in this moment, so I just let them rant – this is a person I see regularly and I will have an opportunity to speak to them about this again very soon, most likely tomorrow…

In fact, they will most likely (have to) tell me that they were wrong…

Maybe not about GOD, or at least not so quickly – even though I do believe that this is the purpose of them speaking to me, because THE HOLY SPIRIT wants them to return to GOD!!!

Consider that THEY opened this conversation, even the topic, they had no idea they were talking to a Christian, let alone a passionate evangelist 🙂

So I will most certainly keep you posted about the journey back to THE LORD of this person – like I said, I don’t think I will have to say or do much, they came to me to convert themselves back  – if you want to put it like that… they are of the kind which speaks to you without ever letting you say anything, finishing your sentences for you, telling you what you will say next and what your objections are and I have learned to just let them, because there is no point in stopping them – even if they ask you something, you need to wait for a really long time to find out if they are truly asking YOU what they are asking you or if they are just having a conversation with themselves in your presence and will answer the question they asked YOU shortly afterwards themselves… I am sure you have met a person like that…

What I wanted to share with you though, so that we can all consider it, is their claim that there was a verse missing in the bible and that that’s why the bible is wrong and the entire book is a lie.

They said they thought it was Matthew 18:11.

I suppose they instantly regret what they had said when I opened my bag, took out my bible and said: “let’s have a look, shall we?”

You who know me wouldn’t be surprised to learn that I never, ever go anywhere without a bible, now, would you?

But this person had only just met me… so they were not prepared.

So I let them take a look in my bible, and what can I say, lo and behold, Matthew 18:11 was there!

HALLELUJAH!

And what a great and important verse it is!

MATTHEW 18:11
FOR THE SON OF MAN IS COME TO SAVE THAT WHICH IS LOST.

They read their own fate and future out loud – this is one of the moments when I LOVE MY FATHER’s sense of humor soooooo much!

Of course they have no idea yet.

Even if they never speak to me ever again, me, I KNOW that THE HOLY SPIRIT arrested and convicted them today and that it will only be a matter of time until they are a Christian again.

GOD is GOOD!

They don’t know yet and they may never admit it before me, but their life has already been changed for good – trough their own words, because me, I hardly said anything.

What they said when the verse was there in my bible was that they will ask the person about the verse that is missing and tell me next time.

They did give me a little chance to say what I had to say about it.

What I said was that I knew that for instance in the “Jehova’s wittnesses’ bibles”, some verses had been taken out and that I had taken note of them in my phone and that I had told some of them once when they had come to my house – and that they had been baffled…this person though will not give up.

They believe that the bible is a lie.

And this is also “because King James was a person” that’s why they believe the bible is a lie…

When I said that I wouldn’t doubt the entire bible only because there was a verse missing and that I had learned that certain books were kept out of the bible because there had not been as many thousand matching historic reports and proofs for them as for other books, they said “ah, this is what you believe about it”. They said it with a lot of disdain and I found out shortly after that it is their mother who is the “fanatic Christian” in their life… I hear the bells ringing…

At least they asked me if I had been a Christian for a long time and when I said that I had been into many things which are very similar to what they had mentioned BEFORE I had become a Christian, I could see that there was a lot going on in their brain – in fact, they were getting angry. They couldn’t tell me, because I had not said anything to trigger them, but they were angry because they were smart enough to realize that the excuses they had found before, the accusations they had had towards other people weren’t working on me…

For me, it is clear that this person is brainwashed by the enemy.

Well, they will come back and it will be interesting what they will do when all the scriptures they will have on their note will NOT be gone, but will be there in MY bible.

I had done some research on the various versions of the bible a while ago and also on why certain books were not included in the bible or only in the bible of  some other cults… I did it again today and found that it is not only the JWbible which has taken out verses, also the NIV – and I want to invite you to compare for yourself – perhaps you have different versions of the bible at home or you can compare the different versions online.

Me personally, I only read in and rely on the King James Version of the bible, simply because it came out shortly after printing presses had been invented and it seems the oldest version of a translation made available for the masses and also, I prayed about it and this is what I personally heard when asking MY FATHER which version of the bible HE says I should use and rely on.

Everyone must make this decision for themselves.

Me, I sometimes like to look at a verse in a different translation in order to understand it better. But reading and meditating on GOD’s word is happening in King James English for me and also, when I hear the voice of MY FATHER speak, which happens sometimes, it is always King James English HE is speaking…

Perhaps you’ll want to check out the verses in your bible, the ones which are there in the KJV and are not there in the NIV for instance (perhaps also elsewhere, I didn’t check).

  • Matthew 17:21
  • Matthew 18:11
  • Matthew 23:14
  • Mark 7:16
  • Mark 9:44 & 9:46
  • Mark 11:24
  • Mark 15:28
  • Luke 17:36
  • John 5:3–4
  • Acts 8:37
  • Acts 15:34
  • Acts 24:6–8
  • Acts 28:29
  • Romans 16:24
  • 1 John 5:7–8

Me, I wouldn’t want to be without them… would you?

Curious to hear which version of the bible you are using, my friend, and why you prefer this translation and if you checked the above scriptures and found them in there…?

I hope and pray that this would inspire, bless and heal you and that THE LORD will bless you richly in all areas of your life and that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you peace. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.

 

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VIDEO Genesis and the Character of God

 

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

The message of Genesis isn’t confusing. The information throughout the Bible is consistent: The universe was created by an omnipotent, omniscient, and transcendent Being. The words of Scripture insist that God’s work was recent, complete, and good. Our struggle with that message is that everything we observe is tainted by evil and death.

Secular history presupposes that the “normal” of today has been the dominant operational force behind everything. Geological processes, fossil evidence, sociological development—all are interpreted without God in the story. Some theologians attempt to explain the differences between the biblical message and secular naturalism by suggesting that dying processes are a normal part of God’s creation. Some religions embrace the idea that good and evil are just two sides of the same reality—that our perception of such contrasts is merely a product of our experience and culture.

How can we resolve the conflicting message of a good creation with the evil that surrounds us? For those of us who believe an omnipotent and omniscient God has existed from eternity past, we must use God’s divine nature as the controlling factor to correlate what God has revealed to us with our growing understanding of science. What does the revealed nature of God demand of the original creation? How does natural revelation (what we observe in today’s universe) help us understand the written words of Scripture?

God Himself reconciles His creation to Himself through the death of His sinless Son in substitution for our well-deserved guilt.

Some have suggested the original creation’s processes of nature couldn’t have included a deathless universe since all current natural processes function around deterioration and death. Living things would have worn out and perished, even if the environment then were much better than it is today. Animals would have died as they do now, and Adam and Eve would have died eventually unless they ate of the tree of life God planted in the garden “eastward in Eden” (Genesis 2:8-9).

But the Bible tells us that death is the result of Adam’s sin, and as a result of God’s judgment “death spread to all men” (Romans 5:12). When God tells us death is the “last enemy” to be conquered by the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:26) and death won’t exist in the new heaven and the new earth (Revelation 21:4), are we to expect the new bodies promised upon our resurrection to be still mortal in eternity?

Before we approach these issues, it’s absolutely necessary to acknowledge what has been recorded about the origin of the universe.

God’s Own Commentary

The repetition of God’s observation in Genesis 1 is worth noting. On five days of the creation week, the Creator pronounced the results of His work “good.” On the sixth day, “everything…was very good” (Genesis 1:31). It’s the same Hebrew word each time and means just what would be expected: good, pleasant, agreeable, excellent, of benefit, etc. There’s nothing unusual about God’s use of the word, except that it’s repeated often and it is God who uses the term.

Given that the Creator is saying it, we should consider the character of the Evaluator. We should gain some understanding of His attributes before we render an opinion of the meaning of “good”—especially as it applies to the original creation.

God Is Holy

Holiness is the preeminent attribute of God. Everything God does is subject to the unchangeable rock of His holy nature. Even the love that drove Him to become man and die a substitutionary death for our sins is driven by the holiness that demands justice for man’s rebellion against that holiness.

“Who is like You, O LORD…glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)

“No one is holy like the LORD, for there is none besides You.”
(1 Samuel 2:2)

“For I proclaim the name of the LORD…He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice; a God of truth and without injustice, righteous and upright is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4)

Because God is holy, He must reveal truth in the created things of the universe. He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). God’s words and deeds are “true and righteous altogether” (Psalm 19:9).

God Is Omniscient

Everywhere we look—into the deepest recesses of space or the minutia of the microscope—the intricacy, precision, and complexity of all things stagger us with the enormity of details and vastness of information.

O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. (Psalm 104:24)

“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.’” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

“Known to God from eternity are all His works.” (Acts 15:18)

This is the consistent message of Scripture. God cannot be progressively aware. His knowledge is immediate. He knows all there is to know. His purpose and order flow from His omniscience. His decisions are unchangeable and without confusion. God’s specific will and pleasure are always implemented.

God’s Flawless Good

Whatever God pronounced good would have to be in harmony with His divine nature. Since God is holy, He couldn’t deceive us about the order of the creation week. Since God is omniscient, He couldn’t guess or use trial-and-error methodology. God wouldn’t experiment. He wouldn’t produce inferior things. He can’t create, make, or shape nonfunctional processes. All of this clear evidence requires that we who read Genesis 1 understand “good” to mean “flawless function.”

  • God’s Good Functions Properly

God’s own account of His work specifies His organization and purpose. Because God is omniscient, everything in the universe works as designed. Because God is omnipotent, everything has all it needs to operate, live, reproduce, and populate under the orders of and in agreement with the Creator’s design. Each component was designed to function without flaw. Every part works as ordered, and all living things function under the limits and in the places for their lives. Nothing was misplaced. Nothing was left to chance.

  • God’s Good Could Not Include Sin

For the holy, omniscient, omnipotent, loving Creator to conclude that everything He had created was “very good,” there could be nothing in the completed creation that didn’t function as designed. Nothing existed in conscious rebellion against the immutable nature of the Creator—there was no sin. Sin became part of human nature through Adam. Death was introduced into creation through the Creator’s sentence upon Adam.

  • God’s Good Could Not Include Death

God is life. Everything that is revealed about God centers on His eternal Being. The most personal name God gives is “I AM”—the One who exists by the right and nature of who He is. Jesus insists He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). The awesome apokalypse of Jesus Christ opens with a loud voice “as of a trumpet, saying, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last’” (Revelation 1:10-11).

There’s absolutely no indication anywhere in Scripture that the God of life created death. Nothing in the Bible suggests that death was a part of the good God designed into His creation. Death in Scripture is separation from God. Death stops life. Death intrudes into and destroys everything.

When God completed His work, He pronounced it “very good.” If words mean anything at all, “good” must include the flawless functioning of every molecule and all systems and all life. “Good” demands that nothing be out of order or in rebellion to God’s nature. No sin or death existed in all of creation—until the third chapter of Genesis.

Rebellion in the Garden

How much time elapsed between the end of Day 7 and the world-changing events that took place at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? No specific time period is stated, but it doesn’t appear it was very long. Eve didn’t conceive her first child until after the pronouncement of God’s judgments and she and the man were cast out of the garden (Genesis 4:1). Given God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28), it’s unlikely either Adam or Eve delayed attempting to fulfill this mandate.

However one interprets the information, it could not have been “ages.”

A Mixed Message

If death is part of God’s original creation design, that makes God the Author of death. Since the creation is part of the revelation of the nature of God (Romans 1:20), such a design would require that death be part of the holiness of God. How could this be? The Bible calls death the “last enemy” and insists the Lord Jesus will destroy it. If God Himself created death, then why would He destroy it later?

If death is not the judgment for sin as the Bible insists, then the gospel message is foolishness. What would salvation rescue us from? If death isn’t the judgment for sin, then the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross is nothing more than a foolish end to an idealist—a martyrdom for an illusionary cause.

The Bible demands an innocent sacrifice be substituted for the sin of humanity. Christ’s death is required for salvation. We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ on Calvary (Hebrews 10:10), done once, and with and for eternal consequences (Hebrews 10:12-14).

Twisting the words of Scripture so that Christ’s physical death has no meaning is a terrible heresy. If eons of pain, suffering, and death existed before Adam’s rebellion, then a whole sweep of biblical teaching is thrown into the black hole of allegory.

The Demands of God’s Nature

God is omnipresent Spirit (John 4:24). He is not nature. He is not the universe. He is not a cosmic consciousness or a mysterious force. God is not man—He is greater than man (Job 33:12) and does not change His mind (Numbers 23:19).

Since God is holy, He does not author confusion. He is Light (1 John 1:5). God is the truth (John 3:33; 14:6); therefore, He cannot deceive us.

Because of who God is, we can be assured of an original creation that functioned as it was designed—a creation that fits the Creator. The “groaning” of the creation now (Romans 8:22) is a constant reminder that rebellion against the holiness of the Creator required His judgment. God Himself reconciles His creation to Himself through the death of His sinless Son in substitution for our well-deserved guilt.

The Good News

The gospel message insists on the birth from above (John 3:3) that brings about a transfer from death to life (John 5:24). It involves a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) made possible by the death of the Creator Himself (Hebrews 2:9).

The earthly condition of flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Physical changes are required. Resurrection is the absolute opposite of physical death. Corruption must become incorruption. Dishonor must become glory. Weakness must become power. The natural must become spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). Physical death is an intrusion into the eternal order of things, and it takes a resurrection to correct it.

The “new man” must be created in God’s righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). We await the fulfillment of the promise when the Creator “will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:21).

Adapted from Morris III, H. M. 2012. Genesis and the Character of God. Acts & Facts. 41 (5): 4-6.

* Dr. Morris is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Creation Research. He holds four earned degrees, including a D.Min. from Luther Rice Seminary and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Cite this article: Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. 2019. Genesis and the Character of God. Acts & Facts. 48 (6).

https://www.icr.org/article/genesis-and-the-character-of-god/

Time

June 7, 2019 by Discerning Dad

 

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV

When you are young, time seems never ending; you want it to speed up because you can’t wait to get older. When you are older, you want time to slow down because you know your time here on Earth is limited. William Penn said, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”

Consider this poem:

What happened to Time?
When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept.
When as a youth I dreamed and talked, time walked.
When I became a full grown man, time ran.
And later as I older grew, time flew.
Soon I shall find while traveling on, time gone.

Source Unknown

The Bible talks a lot about time:

– Now is the time of salvation, 2 Corinthians 6:2
– Time will pass away, 1 John 2:17
– Everything is beautiful in its time, Ecclesiastes 3:11
– Understanding the present time, Romans 13:11
– Teach us to number our days, Psalm 90:12
– One day is like a thousand to the Lord, 2 Peter 3:8-9
– Your life is a mist and then it vanishes, James 4:13-17
– There is a time for everything, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Time is a creation of God; the entire universe was formed at God’s command (Hebrews 11:3). Understanding how God functions in His creation of time gives us some insight into the nature of God. There are two Greek words used for time, kairos and chronos, but they imply different things and also refer to how God’s sovereignty is revealed. Chronos refers to minutes and seconds, it refers to time as a measurable duration. Kairosrefers to time as an appointed time, a due season, or a specific point in time, a “strike point” moment.

We live our life in the chronos mindset, we monitor the year by the month and day it is. We measure how long we have until a vacation or a birthday. We monitor our day by what hour we come home from work or when we go to bed. But even in our chronoslife, we can think of certain kairos or strike point moments that happened over the course of our life that defined who we are, that changed a course of action, or that brought tremendous stress. Some examples might be a job loss or promotion, a death, an accident, a new birth, a marriage ceremony, a move, or anything that takes place at a specific point in time.

Paul tells us in Ephesians to take advantage of the time (kairos) because the days are evil. We need to be aware of the strike point moments in our life where we can use discernment and take advantage of the time. This could be a moment in our day that someone needs us to show them the love of God. This could be a stranger we meet that we feel called to witness to. This could also be a moment during the craziness of the day that we set aside for prayer.

God moves and works within the two forms of time. The Israelites were in slavery during chronos time, waiting their freedom. In a kairos moment, God sends Moses who starts a chain of plagues, miracles, and crossing the Red Sea into freedom.

Jesus had many kairos moments during the course of His chronos ministry. When Jesus intervened in any of His miracles, that was a kairos moment, He powerfully changed the course of someone’s chronos timeline. Jesus’ chronos ministry was ended in a kairosmoment with His words in the cross, “It is finished.” Romans 5:6 says, “At just the right TIME (kairos) when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Again with Jesus’ resurrection, this was a kairos moment where He overcame sin and death.

We live our daily life in the chronos, awaiting the day when Jesus returns in a kairosmoment, He will victoriously proclaim again that “It is finished” (Revelation 21:6).

Maybe you are frustrated in the chronos now, waiting on God to come through in a kairos moment for you. Keep trusting in God and wait on His timeframe! God is not slow as we count slowness (2 Peter 3:9). Sometimes we do not see the big picture over the course of our chronos history and may never until we are in eternity; however God still moves in strike point moments every day!

Sometimes it is up to us to take advantage of each kairos moment we are given and not let time slip away from us where we leave behind a wasted life. Ephesians 5 tells us to make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil, we don’t have the luxury as Christians to sit idle.

Some of what happens to us is the result of living in a sinful world. Living in the chronostimeframe, things will happen to us and around us as a result of the sin process that will not fully be restored until the final kairos moment of redemption of this fallen world and a New Heaven and a New Earth where there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). Hallelujah!

Discerning Moment: How can I make the best use of my time on a daily basis? What do I need to be pray to God about and how can I best understand His timing and plan in my life? Where have I been frustrated with this sinful world and blamed God for it and do I need to ask for forgiveness?

Prayer: Lord, help me understand you and your will for my life. Help me make the best use of the time I am given, however long it is. Show me the kairos moments in my life where I need to act out in obedience to you.

Tim Ferrara

Discerning Dad

 

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Supremes Send Anti-Christian Ruling Over Cake for Homosexuals Back to Oregon Appeals Court

 June 17, 2019 by  

 

Supremes Send Anti-Christian Ruling Over Cake for Homosexuals Back to Oregon Appeals Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Oregon Court of Appeals’ ruling that permitted that state’s bureau of labor to punish yet another Christian bakery.

Citing its decision for Masterpiece Cakeshopin Colorado, the court said Oregon’s court must reconsider permitting Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries to fine a Beaver State bakery $135,000 because it refused to make a cake for a lesbian “wedding.”

So yet again, the high court delivered a blow against the sexual revolutionaries trying to punish Christians who believe that two members of the same sex cannot be married.

Lesbians Upset
Oregon’s war against normalcy began in 2013 when a pair of lesbians complained that Sweetcakes by Melissa, owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein, refused to bake a cake for the lesbians’ wedding.

The refusal, which included a message from the book of Leviticus condemning homosexuals, upset the lesbians. One apparently collapsed in tears on her bed. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, not surprisingly, ruled that the Kleins “discriminated” against the sapphic plaintiffs.

Then came the penalty. A judge for the bureau slammed Sweetcakes with a $135,000 fine for refusing to participate in the lesbian nuptials, a ruling Sweetcakes appealed to Oregon’s Court of Appeals.

In 2017, again not surprisingly, that court ruled against Sweetcakes. The court said the labor bureau’s diktat merely “requires their compliance with a neutral law” and that the couple “made no showing that the state targeted them for enforcement because of their religious beliefs.”

Having paid the fine and shut down their business even before the court ruled, the Kleins appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court published a two-sentence order. “The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the Court of Appeals of Oregon for further consideration in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n,” the court partly wrote.

Masterpiece Attacked Again
The ruling in Masterpiece squarely placed the court in the breach against those who would force Christian businesses to approbate homosexual sodomy.

That case involved Jack Phillips, the owner, who also refused to bake a “wedding” cake for a couple of homosexuals in Colorado.

The state’s Civil Rights Commission, which joined the two homosexuals in trying to wreck Masterpiece, ruled that if Phillips made wedding cakes, he had to make them for homosexuals. Phillips refused, taking away 40 percent of his business.

Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy averred that the commission was hostile to Phillips’ religious beliefs and violated the First Amendment. And so the high court overruled the state’s anti-Christian bureaucrats and courts.

Kennedy wrote that Colorado’s attack on Phillips “showed elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs motivating his objection. As the record shows, some of the commissioners at the Commission’s formal, public hearings endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged Phillips’ faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust.”

That’s right. The Colorado civil rights Gestapo compared Christians to Nazis.

Amazingly, Phillips is still under attack. Having already lost a previous case against the baker just two months ago, a man who pretends he is a woman has sued Phillips a second time in a local court. Once again, Phillips had refused to provide a cake that trespassed his religious beliefs.

The homosexuals and Colorado have been waging war against Phillips for seven years. The message they’re sending to Christians? You’ll do what you’re told, your beliefs regardless, or face professional and financial ruin.

Back in Oregon
The question is whether Oregon’s Court of Appeals will act wisely given the Masterpiece decision.

And that, in turn, depends on whether the court will defend a state agency that attacked a business owner for much the same reason that Colorado attacked Phillips: The owner refused to provide a service because providing that service would have violated his religious beliefs and required him to become an accessory to another’s sin by partaking in it.

If what is past is prologue, the Kleins will have to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court once again.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/item/32622-supremes-send-anti-christian-ruling-over-cake-for-homosexuals-back-to-oregon-appeals-court


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